Saturday, September 25, 2010

FriendScout24's BQ-Check

FriendScout24's - BeziehungsQuotienten-Check (BQ-Check)

I had read an interview of Prof. Dr. Manfred Hassebrauck at

FriendScout24's relationship test, the BQ-Check, is another HOAX in the Online Dating Industry for serious daters.

"The algorithm developed for FriendScout24's relationship test, the BQ-Check, was developed by Professor Dr. Manfred Hassebrauck, a renowned social psychologist from the University of Wuppertal in Germany. He has been working in the area of relationship research for more than 25 years. The relationship test is a result of Hassebrauck's long lasting research done regarding partnership and marriage with more than 35,000 couples. Indeed, there are many matching offerings available in the market. Often, they compare character features based on the principle: The more the personalities match and the lower the differences, the better the partners fit together. Developing the FriendScout24 relationship test, a different approach was taken. Scientific research results show that the sole similarity of character features not necessarily are a precondition for a satisfying relationship. Therefore, the partner suggestions at FriendScout24 are not primarily focused on character features, but on features that are key for successful loving relationships. These are emotional intimacy, independence, mutual interests and sexual preferences. For example, for a satisfying relationship, it is important that both partners have the same expectations from the relationship. Do they want to have a short or long term partnership and do they want to have children? Do they want to stay independent or do they prefer to spend as much time together as possible? These are crucial points in a relationship, but many people do not talk about it during the first time of their relationship. FriendScout24's BQ-Check avoids constellations that will lead to disappointment in the long run. The chance that a relationship works after singles have done the BQ-Check depends on many external, uncontrollable circumstances. A partner may change his job, the relationship becomes a long distance relationship all of a sudden, you fall in love with another person, you figure out that you can't stand the other person's body odor and much more. The relationship test is well-founded, but still it can happen that a relationship will not work even though the BQ-Check showed good results. But generally, the higher the BQ, the higher the chance for a happy loving relationship."

To my best knowledge Prof. Dr. Manfred Hassebrauck have not proven (without revealing proprietary information) that FriendScout24 compatibility matching algorithm, BQ-Check, can match prospective partners who will have more stable and satisfying relationships (and a low divorce rate) than couples matched by chance, astrological destiny, personal preferences, searching on one's own, or other technique as the control group in a peer reviewed Scientific Paper for public and Academic scrutiny of findings.

Latest Research in Theories of Romantic Relationships Development outlines: compatibility is all about a high level on personality similarity between prospective mates for long term mating with commitment.

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